Until recently, when I heard the term “pool running”, I pictured older ladies splashing around and chit chatting about their medical woes. I had read about injured runners taking up pool running to keep up their endurance but never gave it a second thought. When I was offered the chance to try out the Fluid Running Program, right about the same time that my achilles acted up, I assumed it was destiny.
I received the Fluid Running program bundle in exchange for a fair review. I was not compensated for this post and all thoughts are my own.
Pool Running with Fluid Running
Fluid Running offers “app based, fully coached deep water workouts” (Source) that you can do on your own time in any body of water. The H2Go system comes with an adjustable flotation belt, waterproof headphones that easily pair to your phone and access to the pool running workouts via the app.
As I have been rehabbing my achilles and thus, not running as many miles lately, I was eager to give this pool running this a try. After a quick watch of the demo video and download of the app, I was ready to hop in and give it a try.
I felt a little goofy at first but once I settled into my form a bit, I started to get the hang of the motions. Coach Jennifer Conroyd guides you through each workout with fantastic cues on body positioning. She is both encouraging and motivating without being over the top.
I was surprised by how challenging the workouts are. Not only are you moving your legs while running, but you are getting a full body cardio workout with all of the arm movements. Working against the resistance in the water for almost an hour is not easy. My butt and arms were sure feeling it the next day!
How much cardio is it?
As you are coached through the workout, you are encouraged to check your heart rate a number times. I was surprised to find that my heart rate was right in the same range that it is while running. The heat and humidity have been tough for running this summer and I like the option of staying a bit cooler while working out in the pool. I am not sure how many miles the workout would equate to but I was working pretty darn hard for almost a full hour.
So you are not a swimmer?
You do not need to be a “swimmer” to pool run (although obviously having basic swim skills is necessary). The flotation belt suspends you in the deep end of a pool and you can tether yourself to a lane line so you stay stationary while you “run”. My hair really never got very wet. The waterproof headphones stream the guided workout right to you.
Is pool running only for injured runners?
No! Although, I started using Fluid Running while I have been healing my achilles, I now know that it is something I will continue with. As I mentioned, pool running is a great way to get in a long run in the heat of the summer while staying cool. I am also a person who would love to add another day of running to my schedule but my body does not always cooperate. Adding in an extra day with pool running will be a great way to bump up my running fitness.
I am definitely a fan and plan to continue my pool running with fluid running. Tried pool running? Questions about this guided workout? Shoot them my way!